Yesterday, the Working Families Party launched an urgent action alert: five New York Democrats in the House were blocking President Obama's health care reform. The response was incredible. Over 4,000 New Yorkers have already signed the petition.
That's not all. We got confirmation that our strategy of holding the Democrats accountable is the right move when a right-wing anti-healthcare reform business group unleashed a pretty over-the-top attack. In a blustery email message, New Yorkers for Growth said:
New York, NY-July 23 [...] New York State's high-spending, left-wing Working Families Party today launched a blistering attack on five New York Democrats who have not signed off on the ever-changing Democratic health care legislation in Washington, according to fiscal reform organization New Yorkers for Growth, which obtained a copy of the Working Families Party (WFP) email missive.
"When the WFP says 'we have to act fast,' hold onto your wallet," said NewYorkers for Growth board member, Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld. "Those three letters -- WFP -- spell Wacky Fiscal Policy. The Working Families Party agendathreatens to drive New York State into bankruptcy, and now they're pushing a reckless, take-no-prisoners approach to national healthcare reform.
By "fiscal reform" group, they must mean "block any real healthcare reform by any means" group. When President Obama said on Tuesday "some will try to delay action until the special interests can kill it," he might have had NYFG in mind.
What's ironic is that the supposedly pro-business New Yorkers for Growth doesn't seem all that bothered by the status quo: a system where ballooning healthcare costs are crushing our small businesses, killing our competitiveness and threatening to hamper economic growth for years to come. Healthcare reform isn't just about providing coverage for the uninsured -- it's a key step to get our economy back on track.
The Working Families Party is fighting to make sure President Obama's campaign succeeds, it's too bad New Yorkers for Growth is taking the opposite approach.
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